Simone Read’s REMEMBER THE WILD is one of two exhibitions currently online to view at the Traffic Jam Galleries.
In her work Read celebrates the glory of Australian trees, their beauty, colour and texture. Some of the works are also accompanied by a poem/quote of a song from for example Judith Wright, John Williamson and Peter Allen.
Readuses a variety of materials to produce some stunning works. First we see ink and gouache on canvas – Snowgum is exquisitely, delicately textured in hushed pinks and greys.The swirling mass of the bark is controlled by the strong diagonal line.
Old Euc in its neutral greys and browns is a delightful portrait in a strong vertical composition of a tree that is in Read’s back yard.
This is an extensive , exciting exhibition in a variety of media in two solo displays – one by Rebecca Pierce, the other by Jenny Green .
Rebecca Pierce’s solo exhibition is entitled CHROMA . It ranges across genres and media , and utilises some of her trademark work in landscape , portraiture , beach scenes and mixed media sculptures. There is a concern for the environment and also consciousness raising about feminist issues.
The delightful triptych ‘Daydream Series Jack and Jill 1-3’ consists of waving fields of flowers striving towards the top of the works – count the butterflies.
‘Festive Flower 1-10’ are small vibrant radiating flowers.
The current exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries focuses on portraiture and the body. Five artists from across Australia are featured who have not exhibited together previously . The divergent works are occasionally challenging, playful, nurturing and at times melancholic and whimsical.
The subject of the works vary from identifiable, enigmatic and iconographic through to evocative. We are invited to consider conversations surrounding the body, our relationships with other people and the art of portraiture and the figure.
Anthony Breslin’s use of mixed media includes items such as toothpaste, jigsaw pieces, paint tubes, pencil sharpeners , paint tin lids and paint brushes , swirling paint often combined with paper and cardboard in collage like three dimensional results.There is a particular style Breslin frequently uses – a distinctive round face, huge eyes and long nose. His characters have an enormous boisterous Presence, at times perhaps somewhat bizarre . Continue reading TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES – TALKING HEADS→
The latest exciting exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries, entitled COASTAL , showcases the works of Rebecca Pierce and Simone Read. It includes not just the obvious that the title conjures up, but the mood, freedom, optimism and spirit often associated with living by the Australian coast.
Rebecca Pierce uses mixed media including acrylic impasto , inks , resin and objet trouve’ ( found objects ) applied most enthusiastically via pallet knife, which creates at times a very thick surface texture and are often brightly coloured. Her works in this exhibition, like that of Read, focus on the Australian coast and recall days in the sun.
Still Life with Coffee (acrylic on canvas) is an explosively powerful, dazzlingly coloured heavily textured depiction of a vase of flowers with coffee spilt ( or is it a shadow? on the surface of the table underneath the vase.
The diptych 2020 Social Distancing 101 is a delightful aerial view of a beach depicting people sunbaking on the beach, but somewhat separated (or are they?). Two linked pieces , Day Dreaming : Field of Flowers and In The Moonlight are included . Look for the butterflies .There are subtle changes like a Monet series of aquatic plants , showing the difference between day and night.
‘Outback Confetti is in some ways similar to these two pieces, a riot of colourful flowers against a rocky background.
‘Lily and Lotus is set on a green background, the composition dominated by flowers and petals with a circular lotus pool included.
The diptych Measure and Frame is a highly textured volcanically red and energetic work with a vertical composition.
Another diptych Half Baked on Australia Day is an aerial view of people at the beach with objects scattered around them.
Dipped in Sunshine is another beach painting – note the umbrellas defining the correct safe area to swim in and the turbulent surf.”
Beach Towel 2-6 are abstract aerial views of a beach and people sunbaking.
Beach Square 1 and Beach Cakes 1,2,3,6 and 9 are detailed close ups of aerial views of people and items at the beach Then comes a series of vibrant cocky birds against a mustard background. Beach Bird 1-6
Another avian series is Blue 1-8 , a beautiful series of bird portraits , spot the attention to detail with all the different markings.
More bird portraits follow in the vibrant Tropical Super Chirper , Tutti Frutti Sprinter and Serenity in the Rose Garden.
There is a delightful triptych of flowers on stems pushing to the top of the composition, pale blue in colour and with lots of butterflies – Day Dreams Iced Gelato 1, 2 and 3 .
Two brightly colourful sculptures are also included , alluding to the problem of litter in the environment and climate change – Lost in the Cloud 11 and Eau de Rubbish.
And then there is a vibrant, very energetic, pair of paintings Field of Flowers : Big Sky and Daybreak 2 , vertical compositions , bright, colourful and thickly textured flowers and their green stalks.
Simone Read’s work of identifiable aerial beachscapes and sea pools documents Australia’s ever changing coast line and also links to a great sense of nostalgia- we might have stayed at that particular place in our childhood or seen the sea or coast for the first time there.
Read paints with ink, gouache and rock salts , observing from an aerial point of view .The works in this exhibition include many pieces that focus on the areas affected by the devastating bushfires that recently overwhelmed Australia .Read’s colour palette blends a building up of tiny details attempting to capture the ferocious energy and movement of the elements forming the Australian coast .There is a glorious sense of texture throughout.
In her Mornington Peninsula you can see the contrast between land and sea, feel the sand , rocks and water.
With Mona Vale Ocean Pool , which is almost abstract , there is an aerial view clearly depicting the two pools.
The coastal erosion, stormy seas and pounding waves are depicted in Hyams Beach .
Balmoral 11 is a striking vertical composition, where you can see the division between land and sea.
Magnificent textures and the curling, twisting composition of Walk With Fire explores land and water.
Catch the exhibition while you can.
Rebecca Pierce and Simone Read
‘Coastal ‘runs at the Traffic Jam Galleries 10-31 July 2020
The latest exhibition at the Mosman branch of Traffic Jam Galleries is luminous.
Hugh McLachlan’s sculptures are of shiny, highly polished steel , perhaps somewhat Surrealist , and rather dreamlike .Quite romantic. Simple flowing lines are used, there are eyeholes in the sculptures and lots of symbolic hearts. It is as if they are curved and growing.
McLachlan’s NARCISSUS KISS BUBBLE series further explores the Narcissus myth – a search for love that is playfully romantic , or is it about being trapped in self absorption from which one can’t escape?
Two very contrasting artist’s works in this most exciting exhibition currently showing at the Mosman branch of Traffic Jam Galleries.
Jenny Green’s QUADRIVIAL is her latest sculptures , where you can feel the weighty shapes and admire the cool, severe lines.
In medieval monastic education, the Quadrivium was the study of the big four – arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music. In her show QUADRIVIAL, Jenny Green explores these four elements of the Quadrivium, experimenting with the interlocking of both positive and negative space and the interrelationship between solid and open form. Jenny takes tetrahedrons (triangular pyramids) and colour, line and curve to explore harmony, geometry, and the sky.
THE BEACH is Traffic Jam Galleries opening exhibition for 2018 with the summer theme of ten artists interpretations of ‘the beach’. Artists included are Andrew Grassi Kelaher, Tracy Dods, Nada Herman, Rebecca Pierce, Bruno Mota, Hugh McLachlan, Katherine Wood, Jenny Green, Terry Barclay and Heidi Hereth. Riotous explosive colour and texture are contrasted with far more ominous deep waters in this most exciting exhibition. Continue reading Traffic Jam Galleries – The Beach 2018→
Something for everyone with the current most exciting Traffic Jam Galleries exhibition which has just opened – a show curated from works selected by TJG team members Bianca, Jess, Rebecca and Somerset.
Running from the 5th – 26th of October, the exhibition features new works from artists including Andrew Grassi Kelaher, Claire Kirkup, Danielle McManus, Rebecca Pierce and Nigel Sense. I will concentrate mainly on the new works.
Andrew Grassi Kelaher’s works are rather surrealist, very striking, extremely controlled manicured landscapes with clouds and precisely placed trees, sheep, rocks and winding rolling roads.
Will Maguire ‘s spiky and Hugh McLachlan’s reflective, almost melting wonderful sculptures are included as are Carol Foster and Elizabeth Green’s marvellous paintings.
J Valenzula Didi is represented by three abstract, rigidly precisely placed paintings in a triptych work entitled Urban Symphony. It felt like there were Geoffrey Smart references involved. The use of shadow and geometric line was wonderfully employed, and there was a hint of 3 dimensions in some of the two dimensional paintings.
Ember Fairbairn’sOne More Flood was full of lines, dots and misty texture.
Rebecca Peirce’s explosive, colourful, thickly painted flower paintings leaped off the wall. A large, sensitive and passionate, possibly wistful ‘Somerset Designated Driver’ portrait‘ was new as well as the bright, colourful Low Lying Cloud Over The Glass Mountains and a couple of works from her Simple Life series revealed her extensive range of styles and subjects.
Danielle McManus is represented by her latest adorable but enigmatic work Follow the White Rabbit– a young person in a white rabbit suit in a huge field of red poppies.
Nigel Sense’s ouevre is represented by some of his striking bold flower paintings , perhaps with a Margaret Preston influence?– there is a very strong use of line and colour and outline.
Mia Oatley is represented by two swirling seascapes, and a sleek intense portrait looming diagonally across the canvas ( Forest Woman) .
Both Jenny Green’s exciting sculptures and Elizabeth Green’ s seemingly delicate yet intense works are included.
Dean Reilly’sThe Professional Polymath is a striking dreamlike Surrealist portrait of a suite wearing a head of flowers.
Edgar Schilter and Julie Hutchings both have a single work featured in this group show as does Katherine Wood.
The delicate, embroidered Nature Studies of Meredith Woolnough captivate and entrance. combining science and art.
The current TJG Team Selection exhibition runs at Traffic Jam Galleries until the 26th October 2017
A very captivating exhibition has invaded the Traffic Jam Galleries reshaped space with works by Jenny Green (INTERPLAY) and Rebecca Pierce ( THE SIMPLE LIFE) .Both are bright , bold ,vivid and entrancing . what is also exciting is seeing the contrast and range of styles produced by both artists.
First , considering Jenny Green’s exhibition INTERPLAY . From her studio in Sydney’s Northern Beaches Jenny Green creates her sculpture in bronze, steel & resins. Her work is represented in private, public & corporate collections, and has won a number of awards. Green exhibits at traffic jam galleries at Neutral Bay and in group exhibitions including with the Sculptors Society.
In 2015, Jenny was appointed to the Board of the National Art School..Her work is currently shortlisted in the Northern Beaches Art Prize. As displayed here, Green’s abstract sculptures of steel can be of strong ,coloured, dynamic ‘singing ‘ lines , full of energy and ‘eating’ space .They vary considerably in size – some of them are small, while others are large and free standing ( eg INTERPLAY 1 & 2 ) and have a pebbled floor , as if invoking a Zen garden.
Green’s bronze figurative sculptures ( eg Rapport , Hey There ) are semi abstract and often have a great feeling of weight and heaviness ,yet this is combined with a sense of pulsating energy and movement .Some sit or stand on plinths the bodies in discussion or thought.
Rebecca Pierce’s exhibition is entitled THE SIMPLE LIFE.Pierce primarily works with paint, inks and fine points on canvas and paper.Pierce has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas. She has been a finalist in major art prizes including the Glencore Percival Portrait Prize, the Mosman Art Prize, the Heysen Art Prize, the Fishers Ghost Art Prize, the Hawkesbury Art Prize, the Hunters Hill Art Prize, the ANL Maritime Art Prize and the Willoughby Art Prize. Rebecca’s work is represented in corporate and private collections in Australia and internationally.Ths particular exhibition includes some of her trademark bright, bursting thickly textured floral arrangements ( eg Country , Red Roses Blue Vase IX , Blow That Cone Full Salute ) but also features a very different change in style ( or two ).
There are some wonderful abstract multi textured,rather large ,swirling canvases painted with many layers of mirror resin , some also including straw attached , which are full of bold dynamic colour and energy . (eg The Simple Life C Dandelion) Flow parts 1-3 is like a triptych of a giant rolling wave . Major social issues are also commented on with for example The Motion of Transition diptych of paintings.There is perhaps a sense of unsettling un predictability and we see how Pierce interprets the human face and form (there is also a self portrait included) and the reading of the natural landscape around us and how these interweave.
A very striking exhibition.
Jenny Green’s Interplay and Rebecca Pierce’s The Simple Life run at the Traffic Jam Galleries 9 – 31 August 2017
Another way to escape the current seemingly endless scorching Sydney heatwave is to catch the delightful HARBOURING THE BEACH exhibition now showing at the Traffic Jam Galleries.
The exhibition features the works of Anakita Eskalante, Danielle McManus, Bruno Mota, Bronwen Newbury, Rebecca Pierce and Sally West in a themed exhibition that embraces Summer, The Harbour, beaches and positivity for this coming year. Don’t forget to check the gallery’s windows facing the street as they feature some of the works included.
The current exhibition at the Traffic Jam Galleries is specifically about works on paper. Ten artists are featured, all with different work practices and approaches to their art.
The umbrella title of the exhibition is The Drawing Room and it features over forty works by various artists, including North Sydney Art Prize winner Edgar Schilter. The exhibition explores what it means to use paper as the particular medium of choice and the freedom of expression that this allows.